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Happy Mother's Day - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide May 14, 2023

 Happy Mother's Day... or as some calendars say, Mothers Day. Whichever is correct, hope you have a good one.

 With a trio of Ant-Man releases, it's ant season all around, both on the small screen and on my kitchen counters, plus Guy Ritchie's Operation Fortune, Star Trek, as well as a remake of a classic, and a classic, and that's just the 4K category.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 50 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 14th - May 20th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 The 4K category is ramping up after a few weeks of calm, the next peak will be May 30th. There are no notable Monday imports so let's roll with domestic Tuesday.

 From the MCU and Disney, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, with three options to pick from. We can choose from a standard edition, a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and lastly a Walmart Exclusive. Standard Disney Disclaimer: Run time >2 hours, BD66 disc with HDR10 on the disc and Dolby Vision on the streaming version only.

 

 

 New Guy Ritchie film Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, starring Jason Statham, an action comedy at that.

 

 If you waited for the 4K, that is great, but if you did not preorder, you might be out of luck. I'm referring to the SteelBook release of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Season One. A standard edition is coming next month though, and there's always the possibility of other retailers (NOT Amazon) having it in stock.

 

 Paramount Pictures gives us the 2003 version of The Italian Job. Kino Lorber did the original 1969 release back in January. Also from Paramount, a non-SteelBook/standard release for Shooter.

 

 And closing out the category, Kino Lorber brings us the original 1974 release of The Longest Yard. Does this mean Paramount will flop when Kino flips and give us the remake in 4 months?

 

 Next week looks similar to this, with just different titles. A trio of Shazam releases, Creed III, and a few classics.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts of the above titles, Disney releases Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, LionsGate releases Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre and Kino Lorber offers up The Longest Yard (1974).

 New comedy from LionsGate with Moving On.

 

 Currently on track for Tuesday, Hong Kong action films In the Line of Duty: I - IV from 88 Films.

 Anime Highlights include Aharen-san wa Hakarenai: The Complete Season, The Dawn of the Witch: The Complete Season and The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody: The Complete Season.

 

 TV on disc this week has only one title, Walker: Season Two.

 From MVD's Rewind Collection, L.A. Wars.

 New Wave Thriller from Criterion Collection titled Targets.

 

 Warner Bros. has Max Fleischer's Superman this week. There have been reports though that this release might have some issues, so do proceed with caution.

 Shout! Factory is bringing us The Magic Flute (2023).

 

 Honorable Mention: The IP Man Universe gets another film from Well Go USA with Young Ip Man: Crisis Time.

 Next week in the blu-ray categry it's all but a trickle.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Warner Bros has announced plans for National Lampoon's Vacation to 4K disc, with a street date of June 27. Again, absent from the US market is the Collector's Edition, you need to shop the UK market for that.

 Kino Lorber has revealed that To Live and Die in L.A. is coming to blu-ray and 4K disc on July 18th.

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



Criterion Unveils New Home Video Line - Janus Contemporaries - Coming This Fall

The first announced titles include Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes Jury Prize winner and Academy Award nominee EO, Jafar Panahi's No Bears, Louis Garrel's The Innocent, Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch's The Eight Mountains.

The Criterion Collection and Janus Films' Janus Contemporaries home video library will feature first-run theatrical films on Blu-ray and DVD following their streaming premieres on The Criterion Channel.

As the premier U.S. distributor of international art house cinema, Janus is widely known for some of the greatest movies of all-time -- from legends such as Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, the Coen brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Yasujiro Ozu, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, François Truffaut, Melvin Van Peebles, Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Wong Kar.

"It's an exciting moment for Janus Films," said Peter Becker, president of Criterion and a partner in Janus Films. "With a more robust first-run lineup than it has had since the 1960s and powerful partnerships with theatrical specialists Sideshow and the Criterion Channel streaming service, Janus is uniquely well positioned to bring the best films from around the world to theaters and homes across North America. The launch of Janus Contemporaries completes that picture."

Janus Contemporaries Blu-ray titles will retail for $29.95 and DVDs will have a MSRP of $24.95 and it has been revealed that these titles will include new interviews from The Criterion Channel's Meet the Filmmakers series.

More to follow soon as autumn approaches, but you can check out the the full press release: in the meantime below:


 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Criterion announces Janus Contemporaries,

a new home video line of first-run theatrical releases

 

The initial slate includes Jerzy Skolimowski's EO, Jafar Panahi's No Bears, Louis Garrel's The Innocent, Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch's The Eight Mountains 

 

(New York, NY - May 11, 2023) - Starting this fall, Criterion will proudly join with Janus Films in presenting Janus Contemporaries, a new line of home-video editions of first-run theatrical releases, fresh from theaters, following their streaming premieres on the Criterion Channel. 

 

Kicking off with Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes Jury Prize winner and Academy Award nominee EO, the 2023 slate of the Janus Contemporaries line will feature Jafar Panahi's No Bears, writer/director Louis Garrel's The Innocent, Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch's The Eight Mountains.

 

The Blu-ray and DVD editions will feature new interviews with the filmmakers produced by Criterion as a part of the Criterion Channel series Meet the Filmmakers, and will retail for $29.95 (Blu-ray) and $24.95 (DVD).

 

Known for more than sixty-five years as the premier U.S. distributor of international art-house cinema, Janus is home to many of the greatest movies ever made, from such vaunted masters as Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, the Coen brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Yasujiro Ozu, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, François Truffaut, Melvin Van Peebles, Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Wong Kar Wai. Last year, when Sight and Sound revealed the results of its once-a-decade poll, the critics’ and directors’ lists of the top hundred films of all time each included more than fifty entries from the Janus library.

 

Over the past decade, Janus has released a steady stream of celebrated art-house hits, including Academy Award winners like Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty and Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, which marked the start of Janus’s landmark partnership with bespoke theatrical specialist Sideshow.

 

"It's an exciting moment for Janus Films," said Peter Becker, president of Criterion and a partner in Janus Films. "With a more robust first-run lineup than it has had since the 1960s and powerful partnerships with theatrical specialists Sideshow and the Criterion Channel streaming service, Janus is uniquely well positioned to bring the best films from around the world to theaters and homes across North America. The launch of Janus Contemporaries completes that picture."

 

This news was announced today on The Current.

Lock and Load - Guy Ritchie's The Covenant Blu-ray Pre-Orders Live

Guy Ritchie's action-thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Dar Salim will be released in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack on June 20.

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant follows US Army Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Afghan interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim). After an ambush, Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save Kinley’s life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down.

There doesn't appear to be a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, and specs and supplements have not been revealed.

The Covenant - Bluray

The Covenant 

Order your copy today and here is the full press release:


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“Guy Ritchie delivers a gripping, memorable tale about the hell of modern war and the universal nature of sacrifice and heroism.”
Chicago Sun-Times / Richard Roeper

 

"Intense and urgent!"
FOX-TV / Shawn Edwards

 

GUY RITCHIE’S THE COVENANT

 

ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

ON JUNE 20

 

 

Burbank, CA, May 9 Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 20. 

 

Directed by prolific filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Wrath of Man, Aladdin) from a screenplay by Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, the film is produced by Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, John Friedberg and Josh Berger.

 

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Ambulance, Spider-Man: Far from Home), Dar Salim (Game of Thrones), Antony Starr (The Boys), Alexander Ludwig (Bad Boys for Life, Vikings), Bobby Schofield (Cherry), Emily Beecham (Cruella) and Jonny Lee Miller (T2 Trainspotting).

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant follows US Army Sergeant John Kinley (Gyllenhaal) and Afghan interpreter Ahmed (Salim). After an ambush, Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save Kinley’s life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down. 

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Screenplay by: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies

Produced by: Guy Ritchie p.g.a., Ivan Atkinson p.g.a., John Friedberg and Josh Berger

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Antony Starr, Alexander Ludwig, Bobby Schofield, Emily Beecham and Jonny Lee Miller

 

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

Blu-ray                                                                                   $34.98

DVD                                                                                       $29.98

 

DVD Languages: English

Blu-ray Languages: English

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish

Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish

Running Time: 123 minutes

Rating: R for violence, language throughout and brief drug content

 

 

THE CREDITS

 

About Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

 

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

 

Is it a Bird? Nope. Is it a Plane? Nope - It's The 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide May 7, 2023

 From Superman to M. Night Shyamalan, there are a few 4K choices this week. Which iteration of Superman are you buying this week, or did you import the singles? As far as blu-ray, a few more than last week, but still kind of below average by volume. The Summer Movie Season is just a couple of weeks away, which film will you be anxiously awaiting a home release for?

Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 49 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of May 7th - May 13th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 Just a couple of skus this week, but I'm sure most of us will be buying at least one of them.

 New title first, M. Night Shyamalan's Knock at the Cabin gets two options, a standard edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

 On to catalog titles starting with Criterion Collection, bringing us Japanese Cinema with Branded to Kill.

 

 Warner Bros. gives us another box set with Superman: 5-Film Collection, which includes Superman 1-4, with two cuts of Superman II. This set is available as a standard edition and as an Amazon Exclusive SteelBook set (which currently shows sold out).

 

 Next week a trio of Ant-Man releases, Star Trek SteelBook, the original Longest Yard and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Only one Blu-ray counterpart this week, Knock at the Cabin.

 If you did not pick up the 4K/blu-ray combo pack a few weeks ago, MPI Media Group this week has All Quiet on the Western Front on blu-ray. Kind of odd to split the releases, but I'm sure they have their reasons.

 TV on disc includes NCIS Hawaii: Season One and Yellowstone: Season 5 Part 1.

 

 Anime highlights include Aoashi - Season 1 Part 1, The Demon Girl Next Door - Season 2 Complete Collection, Restaurant to Another World: Season 2, which is available as a standard edition and as a limited edition and Unicorn Wars. The last title does not have an English dub which is too bad, if it did I would likely pick it up.

 

 Want some martial arts action? Arrow has Hand of Death and Shout Factory has The Tiger Cage Collection.

 

 Sandpiper Pictures, best known for reissuing of out of print Twilight Time releases, offering Absolute Beginners and I Could Go On Singing this week.

 Worthy of mention. Having not seen it, just letting our readers know that Children of the Corn (2020) debuts on blu-ray this week. I have questions on this. Is it a remake? Is it borrowing the name only? Is it enjoyable on its own?

 

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Some of the Shout/Scream Factory July releases have been revealed. For 4K they are World War Z, Upgrade, The Burning, Cult of Chucky, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky. For blu-ray so far, Team America: World Police.

 Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has an official street date of May 30th.

 John Wick Chapter 4 has a street date of June 13. That one has a plethora of retailer exclusives.

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



Those Wings Of Desire Are Deeply Impacting Hanging Rock - 4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide April 30, 2023

 A notable import, a modern classic distaster, three Disney 100 steels and more highlight the 4K category. Between 4K and blu-ray though, it's a semi-light week, giving you time to replenish your funds just a little bit, May 30th is the next big release date.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 48 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 30th - May 6th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 There are no new releases this week. Kicking off import Monday first, Second Sight offers Picnic at Hanging Rock with two available options, a standard edition and a limited edition. Standard disclaimed here, the blu-ray is likely region B locked. And you might be able to locate these at Diabolik DVD if using Amazon UK is not an option for you.

 

 Moving on to domestic Tuesday releases, Paramount offers up a modern classic disaster with Deep Impact. Now we just need a good release of Armageddon from that era and I'm set.

 

 Shout! Factory has another Universal Pictures catalog title with Skyline. Not to sound ungrateful, but is Universal prohibiting them from having slipcovers from these 4K upgrades?

 Criterion brings Wings of Desire to 4K in the U.S.. As it always goes, I choose to import it, two weeks after it arrives in my possession, the studio in question announces it as part of their upcoming release slate. My most recent acquisition is the trilogy of Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen. Any day now LionsGate will announce this trilogy for the USA. You're Welcome.

 

 The next batch of "Disney 100" Best Buy Exclusive SteelBooks arrive this week, they are Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

 Next week the Superman Collection arrives (after a delay), someone Knocks at the Cabin and Criterion brings in a Japanese action thriller. Remember, May 30th will be the biggest release day this month, be ready.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterparts? There are none this week,  Picnic at Hanging Rock was already done by Criterion in 2019 and 2014, Wings of Desire was also a Criterion release back in '09, all of the other films have had multiple releases over the years. Let's move on to new stuff.

 New comedy from Paramount with 80 for Brady.

 

 Universal also has new comedy this week, this one is titled Champions. Do we see a pattern here? (comedy/sports) Also from Uni, drama/romance Of an Age.

 

 Warner Archive Collection this week has Border Incident and Clash By Night.

 

 Anime highlights include just a couple, Fate/Stay Night: Complete Collection, Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie: The Complete Season and Tomodachi Game: The Complete Season.

 LionsGate has Supercell this week on blu-ray. Maybe a missed opportunity, neither of the Warner Bros tornado films are on 4K disc, this might have been a hot seller for disaster-flick hungry collectors.

 

 Honorable Mention: Kino Lorber collectors look for Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII this week, it includes the films Spy Hunt (1950), The Night Runner (1957) and Step Down to Terror (1958).

 There are two Imprint Films Collections and a single title release available Friday via Amazon US (however the last one just got a 4K release 2 weeks ago in the US).

 

Next week this category picks up the volume, ever so slightly.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Too early to tell but it probably is finalized, looks like Evil Dead Rise will be getting a blu-ray release in the US, but if you want the 4K (as of press time) look to the UK, hopefully this changes. Nothing official is announced yet so it could.

 Early indicators for National Lampoon's Vacation coming to 4K disc show a June 27th street date, with the UK also getting a collector's edition as well. The US market has been passed over for special editions and gift sets for quite awhile now, so I expect this one to be cemented in place.

 Paramount has finalized details for The Truman Show's 4K release, which will be on July 4th.

 

4K Release Calendar

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide April 23, 2023 - The Case of the Empty Wallet

 From a RWBY / Justice League crossover to Jackie Chan, this week offers a variety of titles that should satiate most movie buffs, and that's just the 4K category. Troubled waters ahead though, it's blu-ray's turn to assault our wallets.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 47 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 23rd - April 29th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

  New release first, from Warner Bros and DC Animation, Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One. Quite surprised to not see a Best Buy SteelBook on this one.

 

 Severin Films has the general release for Accion Mutante this week.

 A little Jackie Chan action with Police Story 3: Supercop from 88 Films. If you want all three films in 4K at this time you will need to import them from Eureka UK.

 

 There's a pair of vampire releases from Indicator Series this week, The Shiver of the Vampires and Two Orphan Vampires.

 

 Making a 4K debut, as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) comes to us via LionsGate.

 

 Criterion Collection this week offers some fresh (2022) comedy with Triangle of Sadness.

 

 Mentioned last week as a new titles announcement, Turbine Media has got three different editions of Naked Lunch for purchase. Check out the article to see the links.

 Next week, Second Sight's Picnic at Hanging Rock, Paramount makes a Deep Impact, Star Wars Steels, Wings of Desire hits domestic markets because I bought the import, and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray wallet assault engages fist first with a lot of blu-ray counterparts. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One comes via Warner Bros, Accion Mutante comes via Severin, Police Story 3: Supercop comes via 88 Films, Powerhouse/Indicator brings us The Shiver of the Vampires and Two Orphan Vampires, and Criterion Collection offers up Triangle of Sadness. Wow, that literally was every title above, minus one.

 New drama from LionsGate with Jesus Revolution.

 TV on disc fan? Throw some more cash at these! Cheers: The Complete Series via Paramount and CBS Television, The Green Hornet (1940), His Dark Materials: The Complete Third Season, Primal: The Complete Second Season and Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season Three.

 

 From Arrow Video, Y2K horror titled Lovers Lane. Alternately, you can get the Exclusive Slipcover edition direct from Arrow.

 Anime highlights include Chivalry of a Failed Knight - Complete Collection [SteelBook], GATE: Complete Collection [SteelBook], Gunbuster - The Complete OVA series, New Gods: Yang Jian and Tweeny Witches: Complete Collection.

 

 Warner Archive Collection tugs at you as well with a pair of James Cagney titles with A Lion Is in the Streets and The Strawberry Blonde, One Way Passage with William Powell and Kay Francis, crime/drama Safe in Hell, and finally, Storm Warning with Ronald Reagan and Doris Day.

 

 Sandpiper Pictures, known for their reprints of out of print Twilight Time titles, this week has The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Fantasticks, Kid Galahad and Stanley & Iris.

 Shout Factory releases The Jackie Chan Collection, Vol. 2 (1983 - 1993) after a brief delay.

 

 Criterion's blu-ray set this week is Small Axe - Five Films by Steve McQueen.

 

 You get a short reprieve next week in the blu-ray category, recharge your funds.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 There were no major announcements last week. Imprint Films announced their July slate which includes a peculiar release, a 4K among a blu-ray box collection, Paramount announced Mission Impossible SteelBooks, Warner Archive announced their May releases. Everything else is onesie twosie. No Avatar or Abyss announcement, just a slow week in general.

 

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide April 16, 2023 - Please Do Not Feed The Bears!

 Whether you're looking for a Henry Fonda classic, a well known James Dean film or Al Pacino in a crime/drama, there are a fair amount of catalog titles to choose from this week.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 46 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 16th - April 22nd, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases-

 As mentioned above, there are no New Releases this week, but a few gems worth picking up nevertheless. Let's get through the list by boutique label.

 Import Monday begins with Arrow Video's Naked Lunch. The general release is a traditional 'fat pack' as I call it, and then there is an Original Artwork Slipcase Limited Edition available via Arrow Video's site only. If you choose to hold off for the Turbine Media releases,  those street on April 28th. I opted for the Jean-Baptiste Chuat artwork, anyone that knows me knows I am a traditionalist cover art kind of guy, so this is quite a deviation from the norm.

 On to Tuesday Domestic releases, first from Warner Bros., the delayed release of Rebel Without a Cause comes to us as a standard edition and as a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 

 Still with Warner Bros., the animated release All-Star Superman.

 Kino Lorber is next with two totally different crime dramas, first we get 12 Angry Men, a classic courtroom drama with a "Must Own" rating according to or own David Krauss.

 

 Next up from Kino Lorber is Serpico, a biographical crime drama starring Al Pacino.

 

 From Scream Factory, The Haunting of Julia.

 

 Finally, from Criterion Collection, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal.

 

 Next week, what a RWBY / Justice League crossover looks like, (maybe) more Jackie Chan with Police Story 3, a pair of Indicator vampire flicks and more.

 

Blu-ray releases-

 Blu-ray counterpart of the above titles, the region B edition of Naked Lunch.

 The rest of this category is a bit slow. As far as units sold, the biggest title of the week is probably Cocaine Bear from Universal Pictures. Is it big enough to merit a 4K disc? Probably. A UK release by MediumRare Entertainment has just been announced for May 29 if you wanna wait. Also from Universal, look for Marlowe, a crime/thriller starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and Jessica Lange.

 

 TV on disc this week includes Blondie: The Complete Television Series and Midsomer Murders: Series 23.

 From Warner Bros, Magic Mike's Last Dance.

 

 Just one single Anime title of mention this week, Ya Boy Kongming!: Complete Collection.

 Sandpiper Pictures, the crew behind reissuing out of print Twilight Time releases this week has Bulletproof Monk, The Quiet American and Year of the Comet.

 LionsGate's thriller of the week is Righteous Thieves. Adding an action element to the thriller and you get Transfusion. (Neither of these films star Bruce Willis).

 

 Next week's blu-ray category looks like walletmageddon all over again, even for those that pick up 4K stuff first!

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 The Criterion Collection has revealed their July 2023 titles, check out the article here. Sorry to achnowledge that I know none of them, and I won't pretend to based on just talent name familiarity.

 As we mentioned above, Turbine Media has announced 3 different media books for David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch with a street date of April 28th. I did take one for the team by ordering an import, so a U.S. release no doubt is coming very soon.

 Paramount Pictures will be releasing The Firm and Vanilla Sky to 4K disc on June 20th.

 Unless things change, the Super Mario movie will be streeting June 6th to blu-ray, 4K and 4K SteelBook.

 

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



4K UHD & Blu-ray Shopping Guide April 9, 2023 - Did Someone Press Pause?

 Throughout pretty much all of the calendar year so far, we have had a lot of 4K releases every single week. This week is without a doubt, the slowest release week of all, the tap is just a bit of a trickle for both formats. Let's take this pause to refill our wallets a bit.

 Welcome to Volume 3 Episode 45 of our weekly release guide. A look at the highlights of what's coming to disc the week of April 9th - April 15th, as well as a look at announcements from last week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases:

 There are TWO titles this week, both of which are considered catalog titles. First from Paramount, Flashdance gets a 4K upgrade. The standard edition dons a golden shower cover art while the SteelBook has a more traditional poster cover. Although the SteelBook is not listed as a Best Buy Exclusive, it seems to not be orderable via Amazon.

     

 

 From Criterion, the 4K upgrade of The Fisher King. Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, why not?

 

 Next week we return to a normal release pattern with the delayed Rebel Without a Cause, Serpico, 12 Angry Men and more.

 

Blu-ray releases:

 There are no blu-ray counterparts of the above titles this week as they have already been released in the past.

 New(ish) drama from Sony titled Living. And for a drama/romance under the Sony Pictures Classics label, One Fine Morning.

 

 Anime highlights include Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These: Season Three, One Piece - Collection 31 and To Love Ru: The Complete Series.

 

 No disrespect to '88' Films and the great releases they produce, but after the obligatory '88' day delay, Gorgeous (Jackie Chan) appears to be on track for release this week.

 

 Arrow Video is also in on the Jackie Chan train with Heart of Dragon. Alternately you can get the original artwork edition direct from Arrow Video. Shout Factory delayed their Jackie Chan release by two weeks, talk about missed opportunity.

 

 Generally I don't publicize reissues, but Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses celebrates 20 years with two special releases, a standard (but swag-filled) edition and a Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook.

 Honorable mention: Boutique label Shout! Factory has the crime/drama/horror Bless the Child.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

 Shazam! Fury of the Gods has a release date of May 23rd, it includes several retailer exclusives.

 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has a release date of May 16th, also with a couple of retailer exclusives available.

 Shout! Factory's various labels have revealed much of their June slate. In no particular order they include Creepshow 4K, Creepshow III, Motel Hell 4K, Private Parts (1972), The Strangler and Shaw Brothers Classics: Volume One.

 

4K Release Calendar

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Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price?



Miss The Mediabook? Turbine Gives 2007's P2 A New Standard 2-Disc Blu-ray Release

After all editions of their Mediabook release sold out virtually overnight, Turbine is reissuing 2007's survival horror thriller P2 with a standard softpack 2-Disc release. While you miss out on some of the cool art options and the booklet, you can now enjoy this slick thriller with the excellent transfer and either Atmos or Auro-3D audio!

For some inexplicable reason, P2 has never been released on Blu-ray in the U.S. of A. There have been other Blu-ray releases in various import markets, but they used the old problematic VC-1 encode and just never really came to life. Turbine gives this fun gnarly little horror flick a new (and much improved) encode and then supes up the package with two excellent audio options. The film itself may not be the best feature of all time, but it works and offers up one of the gnarliest kills:

Since there's no difference in the disc content, you can read our review of the Mediabook release and have an idea what you're in for. P2 - Turbine Mediabook Blu-ray Review

P2 - Standard Edition Blu-ray


In addition to offering the same two discs, one disc with Atmos and the other with Auro-3D, there is reversible insert artwork along with the same set of bonus features:

Technical specifications:
Language / Sound: German & English: Dolby Atmos, Auro & DTS 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (1080p Full HD)
Subtitles: German, English, English (SDH)

Running time: 97 minutes

Bonus Material:
+ A new fear level - Making of* (approx. 12 min.)
+ Terror design - location and stunts* (approx. 5 min.)
+ A New Kind of Suspense - Director Franck Khalfoun* (ca. 3 min.)
+ Behind the scenes* (approx. 4 min.)
+ Audio commentary* with Alexander Aja, Franck Khalfoun and Gregory Levasseur
+ Cinema trailers, teasers and TV spots
*The bonus material has optional German subtitles.

Number of discs: 2
Genre: Horror

Now up for Pre-order - and thankfully not a limited run so you don't have to worry about missing out!

Cocaine Bear Charges HIGH Speed Onto Blu-ray April 18th

Does a bear snort cocaine in the woods? Find out in the dark comedy directed by Elizabeth Banks based on true events rages onto Blu-ray on April 18.

Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner's plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack or "Maximum Rampage Edition" will have a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack and the following supplements:

  • Alternate Ending 
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • All Roads Lead to Cokey: The Making of COCAINE BEAR - Meet the hilarious ensemble brought together to bring the movie of what is soon to be the world's most famous bear to life.
  • UnBEARable Bloodbath: Dissecting the Kills - From rigging to special effects makeup, to some of the actors doing their own stunts, we'll get a bears-eye view into some of COCAINE BEAR's hilarious and gory kill scenes.
  • Doing Lines - Cast and filmmakers read lines from the script to COCAINE BEAR, which was a work of art unto itself.
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Elizabeth Banks and Producer Max Handelman

Cocaine Bear - Blu-ray

Cocaine Bear 

Order your copy today and the full press release is below:

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